News NYPIRG demands reform for state college aid By IVAN PEREIRA email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated March 25, 2014 6:34 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email A public interest watchdog group protested at City Hall Tuesday demanding that Albany re-evaluate the way it offers financial aid to college students. The New York Public Interest Research Group said the New York State Tuition Assistance Program, or TAP, is outdated and many students don't get the financial help they need to pay for school. A coalition of 40 groups, including the nonprofit Make the Road New York, laid out a list of reforms that they say would meet the rising costs of education. They called for an increase in the maximum TAP grant, which hasn't changed since 2001, from $5,000 to $6,500. In addition, the group wants the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to let students who are undocumented receive the state aid. By IVAN PEREIRA firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.